2009-04-23 / About Town

Yacht replica project featured in talk

Yachting enthusiasts can join the Friends of the Jamestown Library Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., for an informative and entertaining evening about the building of the 6-Metre "Cherokee" with Tom Daniels of the Museum of Yachting.

As part of their exhibit on the history of the yacht designing firm of Sparkman & Stephens, the museum announced the building of a new Cherokee. The yacht is being built from plans provided by Sparkman & Stephens and will be launched in time to compete in the 6-Metre World Cup, also being held in Newport. Construction management is courtesy of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard of Maine.

This new build will rigorously conform to historic design and construction standards necessary to compete in the 2009 Worlds. This design is sanctioned by the 6-Metre Association of North America as a replica. Only one copy of any given design is allowed and only once it can be proved that the original yacht is no longer in existence.

Tom Daniels, a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School, is one of the shipwrights on the Cherokee project and writes a blog on the progress of the project.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 423-7280.

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